Eight of 10 personnel executives surveyed by Peter King of TheMMQB.com predicted that the Titans will take Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. But some think the Titans aren’t entirely sold on Tunsil as the top pick.
Or as the top tackle.
Last week, amid increasing chatter from Titans G.M. Jon Robinson regarding interest from other teams in trading up for the first pick, a high-level executive with a team in the top half of the draft suggested that the Titans are trying to trade down in part because they can’t decide between Tunsil and Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley.
Depending on how far the Titans drop, the decision could be made for them, because someone else will take one of the two tackles, presumably Tunsil.
Which would leave Stanley as the default choice. Which suggests that maybe Stanley is the preference, but that Robinson and the Titans don’t have the stomach to make Stanley the No. 1 overall pick.
Three years ago, the Chiefs were expected to take tackle Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 overall selection. They opted instead, in something of a surprise, for tackle Eric Fisher. Joeckel went No. 2 overall to Jacksonville, and both players have not lived up to their draft status.
if the Titans have any doubts about Tunsil or Stanley, the best option would be to trade down and secure more opportunities to roll the dice on a possible difference maker for a team that needs more than a few of them.